We understand that finding spots of mould on clothing or shoes in your closet can be frustrating as firstly it means you are going to have to take them all out, wash & dry them and put them away again.
You’re also going to need to find the cause of the problem – were your clothes still wet when you put them away? Is there something growing inside your closet or is the wood of the closet itself damp in some way?
Finally, you’re going to have to spend time cleaning the wardrobe, clearing out any mould spots or spores & then thoroughly disinfecting the area to stop it from happening again.
To avoid all this hard work, we have some tips from the professionals below –
You can avoid a whole lot of hard work from the get-go using a mould prevention plan and making mould-checks part of your cleaning routine. In this post, we explore the best way to prevent mould growing in closets and wardrobes.
1. ENSURE YOUR CLOTHES ARE COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE PUTTING THEM AWAY
Ever felt your washing and thought, “are these wet or are they just cold?” Always be certain your laundry is completely dry before you put them away!
It’s so common to make the mistake of putting damp clothes away in drawers or cupboards, however dampness can be a big cause of mould – warm, moist air from damp clothing meets with cold internal surfaces like the ceiling or walls of the closet, then once the air cools, the water collects on cold surfaces and causes patches of mould to grow.
2. ALLOW AIR TO FLOW THROUGH WARDROBES
It’s common for mould to grow in damp, dark conditions. Closets and wardrobes are the perfect places for mould spores to reproduce and spread – it’s dark, closed-off, humid and there are fabric fibres to feed on.
Wherever possible, open all the doors and windows to allow fresh air to flow through the house and in turn, the wardrobe.
Fresh air helps to naturally dry out excess moisture in clothing and wardrobes, no matter the cause. During winter, you can even open the closet doors and hit them with fresh air from the fan. It’s crucial to keep these enclosed spaces clean, fresh and aerated.
3. USE A DEHUMIDIFIER TO KEEP CLOTHING, WALLS AND CEILINGS DRY
A dehumidifier can also assist with keeping clothing and closets free from mould. Humidity can reach up to 60% in closets and wardrobes, making them a breeding ground for mould spores. Dehumidifiers can reduce moisture in the air & if the level of moisture can be maintained, mould will become inactive and emit mould spores far less.
*It’s also important to note that if it is raining outside, you should refrain from leaving the windows open as that will draw moisture into your home.